Ridden by Luca Panici, Another Romance was never aggressive out of the gate, settling quite comfortably near the back of the field while spying the speedy Citizen Advocate, who ran on a clear lead through opening splits of :21.40 and :44.62.
As the field of sophomore fillies moved through the turn, Another Romance began passing rivals, but the task ahead still appeared herculean as Citizen Advocate held a five-length advantage in mid-stretch. But as Citizen Advocate started to grow weary, Another Romance remained determined, pulling on even terms with that rival in the final yards before edging past in the shadow of the wire to prevail.
“At the three-eighths I wanted to take the easiest way so I didn’t lose ground but didn’t ask her to put out too much,” Panici said. “I was able to do that, and then we she got in the clear, she fired.”
“I wasn’t sure we had it until the very end,” Kaplan said. “But she showed me that she is as good as we thought she was in the beginning.”
Another Romance returned $33.00, $12.40, and $6.80 for the upset victory while Citizen Advocate paid $6.00 and $4.20 to place. It was four lengths back to Yara, who returned $4.20 for third.
Completing the field was Awesome Belle, Sinister Tale, Who Is Camille, Redbud Road, My Due Process, and Buleria.
With her Leave Me Alone Stakes victory, Another Romance improved her lifetime record to three wins from 14 starts, with $141,915 in earnings. The filly was bred in Florida by Beverley Tortora and Dr. Alice Russell.
The Leave Me Alone Stakes serves as the local prep race for the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes on July 7. First Passage and Pica Slew, winners of the 2009 and 2010 Leave Me Alone Stakes, went on to be victorious in the Azalea.